Extreme home makeover plans pep rally

Duluth’s effort to build a home for a Northland family in need is gaining steam. And at 8 a.m. Tuesday, volunteers have been invited to take part in a pep rally at Wessman Arena on the University of Wisconsin-Superior campus.

Builders Commonwealth, a Duluth-based build/design cooperative, is coordinating preparations for the arrival of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

On Aug. 3, the show’s host, Ty Pennington, will knock on a door somewhere within 35 miles of Duluth and will inform a local family of plans to rebuild their home in 10 days flat. Five families are in the running.

All labor, materials and costs for the project are to be donated, and so far, the Twin Ports community has proven it’s up to the challenge.

"Everyone in the community has stepped up," said Jim Naus, a salesman for Builders Cooperative and coordinator for the project. "There have been very few no’s."

So far, about 100 different entities have each agreed to provide $1,000 or more of support for the initiative, either in the form of skilled labor, materials, food, various supplies or financial gifts, according to Naus.

On top of that, 900-plus general volunteers have stepped forward to offer their services. The outpouring of support has been so phenomenol that coordinators say they no longer need help from the general public.

If you’re a skilled professional in the building trades, however, organizers would still welcome your help with the project.

To volunteer or check out updates on the effort, click here.

Based on the level of support for the project he has witnessed, Naus said he’s now approaching this daunting construction task with confidence.

"There’s no nail-biting about how we’re going to get this done any more," he said. "We’ve lined up  a lot of professionals who have built a lot of houses."

6 thoughts on “Extreme home makeover plans pep rally

  1. Does anybody watch this dope head anymore? And just what we need is for another family of poor idiots to get a new house so they can remortgage it and loose it all when they can’t pay for it. What a joke.

  2. WoW,BART ,do you know what it’s like to be at that side ,to get sick ,and walk away from a great job,because your body is going through things you can’t control,you need to go wherever the home makeover crew goes,,and help until you sweat & bleed and start screaming for help from Jesus,,,& then try being in your fortie’s,& being stuck in wheelchair

  3. I HOPE AND PRAY THAT THE FIVE FAMILYS WHO ARE PICKED FOR THE HOUSE.
    REALY GET THE APRECHATION THE WELL DESERIVER. BECAUSE THERE ARE FAMILYS OUT THERE WHO. ARE IN NEED OF A GOOD HOME T CALL THERE VERY OWN. I SEE THE FACES WHEN I WATCH THE TV. SHOW. AND WHEN TY SAYS EVERY ONE SAYS MOVE THAT BUS AND THE HOUSE IS ALL DONE. THAT TO ME IS A DREAM COME TRUE. FOR THAT FAMILY.

  4. I do think its a great thing, but I wonder why they don’t make the houses a little more practical. Sure, a circus themed room is great for a 4 year old? But how much money will it cost to remodel in 4 years when he grows up and doesn’t like it anymore?

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